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# by berry-raspberry | 2016-05-05 23:05 | Osaka | Trackback | Comments(0)

Sakai City has been well-known for its craftsmanship.
The picture below is one of the craftsmen's factory.
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Making knives has been one of its crafts for over 400 years.
Until the end of Edo era which finished in 1868, when samurais existed, they made swards as well.

Most of the chefs in Japan use the knives from Sakai.
I saw Martha Stewart using the one from Sakai in her TV shows.


There is a small museum called “Sakai Hamono Museum”.

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Hamono means edged tools.


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There is a souvenir shop on the first floor, and small rooms of exhibition on the first and second floors.

There are some English flyers.

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You can see the real craftsmen perform sharpening knives on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m to noon, and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Friday, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


You can buy knives and some other souvenirs from Sakai here.

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Sakai Hamono Museum opens every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission Free
It’s between Myokoku-ji Station and Hanataguchi Station of Hankai Tramways.

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# by berry-raspberry | 2016-05-05 13:09 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Trackback | Comments(0)

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This year, for cherry blossom season, I went to the river bank called “Sewari-tei” . It is in Yawata City in Kyoto prefecture, and it’s around the border between Kyoto Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture.

Three rivers, the Katsura, the Uji, and the Kizu join around this bank.

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Amazingly, there are about 250 cherry trees, about 1.4 kilometers long , and cherry blossoms were in full bloom when I went there.

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It’s about 10 minute walk from Yawata-shi Station on Keihan Line.

Highly recommended!!
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# by berry-raspberry | 2016-04-10 20:09 | Kyoto | Trackback | Comments(0)

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Mandai-ike Pond are surrounded by cherry trees.
People used to enjoy barbecue when the blossoms blooming until recently, but now barbecuing is prohibited.

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Yet a lot of local people enjoy the cherry blossoms here at the pond.

There are only a few trees whose blossoms are in bloom, but most of them will bloom fully in a few days.

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# by berry-raspberry | 2016-03-31 23:41 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Trackback | Comments(0)

Each year, NHK broadcasts one hour drama about historically famous person.
This year, Sanada Nobushige, known as Sanada Yukimura is the main character.
The name of the drama is “Sanada-maru”; it’s something like “Fort Sanada”

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The stronghold was around Sanko Shrine, near JR and Subway "Tamatsukuri" Stations.
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Sanada Yukimura was on Toyotomi side.
Toyotomi completely lost in the Osaka Summer War in 1615. Tokugawa won and Tokogawa Family’s era continued until 1868.
He is admired as a hero.

This is Sanada Yukimura.
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Because of the drama, many people from all over Japan are visiting this shrine.

It is said that this used to be a secret tunnel to Osaka Castle.
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It says this year, on November 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m, there is ”Sanada Festival" Usually it is held on the first Sunday of November, but this year is special


Cherry blossoms in Osaka have just started to bloom.

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# by berry-raspberry | 2016-03-28 01:49 | Osaka City-Chuo | Trackback | Comments(0)

"The Force Awakes" of STAR WARS series is coming on December 18th.
Every Star Wars fan in the world seems to be waiting for the day, and so does in Japan.

Between Kansai Airport and Namba Station of Nankai Railway, special STAR WARS Express trains are running until May 8th, 2016.

What do you think?

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Inside, too!
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# by berry-raspberry | 2015-12-13 00:49 | Osaka | Trackback | Comments(0)

Christmas Illumination of Namba Parks has started.

It has been delightful except the year of 2012

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The Christmas Tree this year is called “Fairy Tree”.

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It changes colors.

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On the south side, there is a waterfall image of illumination.

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It gets dark all of a sudden.

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In the dark, it starts to snow!!!
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There is a good spot ready for your photo.

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# by berry-raspberry | 2015-11-23 00:30 | Osaka City- Naniwa | Trackback | Comments(0)